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Old 05-26-2021, 08:00 PM
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Smile Anyone with a slabside I can sit in?

Does anyone have an ERA slabside I can sit in to see if I fit? I'm 6'3" and need to know if I have to cut off part of my legs to get in to the car.
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Old 05-27-2021, 04:11 PM
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Just sit in any ERA. I think the interior is the same on them all.
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Old 05-27-2021, 04:27 PM
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The VW Bug style floor mounted pedals cut me off. I'm 6'2.
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Old 05-28-2021, 12:26 PM
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I think ERA can lengthen the footboxes; there have been some large men that have found a fit in an ERA. I'm 6'0 and have no issues with my standard sized ERA FIA.

I did sit in a Unique Cobra once that my knees did not fit in.
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Old 05-28-2021, 04:12 PM
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Go here: 427 Frequently Asked Questions and scroll about half way down until you see a pic of a strikingly handsome older man in his ERA car.

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Old 05-28-2021, 08:23 PM
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Thanks all and particularly Pat T - that gives me some hope. Given the size of the bellhousing and the rearward location of the engine in the car (resulting in a wide transmission tunnel), are the pedals offset a lot to the left?
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Hi John,

First off, welcome to the club!

You are welcome to sit in my ERA FIA, I am located in the south bay area.

I am 6’-4” and fit quite nicely in my FIA with the help from the fine folks at ERA. Some of the modifications were:

- Foot pedals moved as far forward as possible.
- Went with leather 427 seats with modified foam in the cushion so I sit lower in the car.
- The dash is a bit shorter than the originals, so I can get my legs under it. The drop dash in a slab side, may be an issue for taller drivers.
- The roll bar is slightly taller.

Similar to Pat’s experience, I also flew out to ERA for a test fit. I spent a few days there looking around and chatting with Peter, Bob and crew. It was a wonderful experience and they came up with a great plan. I have been very happy with the car.

Let me know if you want to get together and we can set something up.

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Old 05-29-2021, 06:01 AM
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Thanks all and particularly Pat T - that gives me some hope. Given the size of the bellhousing and the rearward location of the engine in the car (resulting in a wide transmission tunnel), are the pedals offset a lot to the left?
For cars made after late 2005, the answer is "No." In fact, I don't even notice any offset on my car, which was the second car made after the "big upgrade" of 2005. Now, my feet are 12EEE and I had the pedal shafts bent to space them out more. If you bought an already built car and wanted to replace the pedal shafts it would be a slight chore, but doable, and I'm sure ERA would just send you new shafts correctly bent to give you more fat feet room. Here is a nice pic of mine with the tape measure on them. The dead pedal is quite nice to have and I use it on every drive.

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Old 05-29-2021, 04:06 PM
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Excellent, thanks for the info and the photo. Probably 20 years ago I sat in an unknown-make 427 and found all the pedals so far offset to the left that it was uncomfortable to sit more than a few seconds - like driving sideways.
And Pat, thanks for the kind offer to sit in your car - I will see if I can pry myself out of the North bay.
John
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Old 05-30-2021, 11:43 PM
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Hi John,

Sent you a PM to set up a test sit.

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